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, this time at reactor number 4. martha: the u.s. officials say the next 28-48 hours are critical in stopping and cooling down what's going on inside these reactors. if it doesn't happen, this area could be deadly for many years to come. good morning julian. tell me what the latest is from where you are. >> reporter: i think have much the efforts today to put cold water on the reactors has failed. the helicopters have only marginally put as much water as they wanted to on the reactors. it doesn't seem to be having a regular effect. all hopes rest with the crews trying to link up the electricity line back into the plant that will then allow them to restart the generators which automatically pump cold water onto these heated up reactors and bring temperatures down. all other efforts seem to have failed. the attempt to use fire engines to pump cold water on the reactors has failed. they are look at a single solution now. martha: it sounds like it's up to these people known as the fukushima 50, 180 workers rotating in and out of the plant to limit their own exposure to the radiation. what a coura
>>> this sunday, the allied strike against libya stretches into its second week as the u.s. seeks to limit its role. >> responsibility for this operation is being transferred from the united states to our nato allies and partners. >> but as criticism from congress mounts, many questions remain. what happens if gadhafi clings to power? what are the limits of the u.s.'s role if a civil war gets worse? and how does a military campaign relate to our overall strategy in the mideast? this morning, a special joint interview, with us, the secretary of state hillary clinton and secretary of defense robert gates. >>> then -- the president faces critics from both sides of the aisle. did he overstep his constitutional authority by using force without consulting congress. my interview this morning with republican from indiana senator richard lugar. >>> finally, analysis of the administration's handling of the crisis in libya is our fragile economic recovery continues and our military is stretched thin by two other wars, did the president make the case to the american people that libya is worth
. correspondent amy kellogg tells us what happened. >> reporter: two u.s. airmen were shot dead on a bus, transporting security forces team at frank further airport in germany -- frankfurt airport in germany. on their way to support overseas contingency operation. >> i'm saddened and outraged by the attack that took lives of two americans and wounded two others. i think the american people are united in expressing our gratitude for the service for folks who were lost. >> reporter: the airmen killed were based at the royal air force base in england, the largest u.s. air force base in the united kingdom, where there are three squadron of f-15 fighters the motive is unknown. the u.s. authorities believe the shooter is now in german customer yelled alaw akbar at the attack. they say his family comes from a flashpoint town in cos sew vo. it was a u.s. -led nato mission that liberated cos sew vo from serbia aggression. >> it's a terrible incident and germany will do everything possible to find out what happened. >> reporter: republican congressman from pennsylvania chairman of homeland securit
strategy for u.s. troops. late last night nato agreed to take over both the no-fly zone and the air war within days. on the ground, western air strikes have helped rebels recapture several town on the coast. the front lines now appear centered on sert, a town 225 miles from tripoli. joining me now, former ambassador to the u.s. who resigned in the wake of the libyan uprising. sir, it's good to have you with us. >> good morning. >> what are you hearing from the opposition forces on the ground? i know you are in contact with some of the rebel leadership about this push towards tripoli. >> what i think moving with confidence toward them and the resistance from the gadhafi regime is not a strong one. this morning there was some battles but not very heavy ones going on. and i think the people have confidence now, and thank you very much to the united states and the alliance who make the job of these people who are desperate to gain some freedom or some democracy. >> what do you think about the fact that u.s. forces are now pulling back? obviously the u.s. had been in the lead, pounded this c
safe for infants, i'm wolf blitzer, you're in the "situation room." in a span of 24 hours, the u.s. military said the coalition launched more than 50 strikes in the mission to protect libyan civilians. but no indication the battle is being over. just a short while ago the secretary of state warned gadhafi the quickest way to end it is for him to leave.<[kyk: . we2íor certainly encouraged the would make a right decision. not only institute a real co comprehensive cease-fire but withdraw from the cities and military abs and prepare for a transition that does not incl e include. >> there are serious reports of major clashes under way. what do we know about the fighting at this moment. >> you just heard secretary of state hillary clinton encouraging momammar gadhafi bu he's not backing down. a couple of major developments that shows that this conflict is far from over. anded stage is set from what could be a lengthy and complicated conflict. let's start with a strategically strategic city. then gadhafi forces took it over. when the momentum shifted back to the opposition forces and t
, and other u.s. officials and more pressure today from john mccain about what the military options might be. mccain now joining john kerry and others, calling for a no-fly zone and pushback from the pentagon, despite denials, i know, that the pentagon spokesman was on your show earlier at 9:00, saying that there has been no pushback. but certainly, what we've seen from secretary gates and the chairman of the joint chiefs, admiral mullen, is emphasizing all of the drawbacks to getting involved militarily there. chuck? >> well, you laid it out very well there, andrea. secretary gates yesterday, in referring to the no-fly -- the talk about the no-fly zone as loose talk certainly created the impression that there was somehow a little bit of a disconnect between the state department and the pentagon, about what is next, how serious is this idea for a no-fly done. so clearly, that's one of the questions that's going to be directed at the president later today. now, let's be careful, by the way, not to call this a press conference. they are only saying one question, for, quote, each side. >> one!
warned against. amid the ongoing violence, obama said he approved the u.s. of military aircraft to help migrant workers and other refugees return to their native countries. >>> the white house is proposing to trim $6.5 billion from the federal budget, though congress reached a deal this week to keep the government running for two more weeks, another deadline is looming in mid-march. yesterday joe biden carried the offer to capitol hill where he met for about an hour with top republican and democratic leaders. the proposal falls short of the more than $60 billions that the house voted on last month to slash from funding levellers, however the offer is characterized as an opening bid. house speaker john boehner telling the "wall street journal" he is determined to offer a budget that curbs social security and medicare despite the political risks. according to the congressional newspaper "the hill" boehner assured president obama he will not attack the administration if he makes a proposal to reform entitlement spending. still the president has reportedly not taken boehner up on the deal y
's very important to understand what general madis said today. what he said, that is if the u.s. decided to enforce a no-fly zone it would, first, involve u.s. military air strikes against targets inside libya. you'd have to bomb the runways. you might take out their aircraft or certainly their air defense systems, missiles, radar, and the like. so it would involve a u.s. military attack on libya itself. and if the white house makes that decision, of course, the u.s. military would carry it out. but i can tell you that there's a lot of hesitation, not only here in the building and among the u.s. military to take that kind of aggressive step, but even among the nato allies who would be essential if the u.s. and nato allies were to launch any kind of operation like this, and so far only the british are doing any kind of saber rattling in that regard. and the rest of nato nations, allies, are pretty much silent whether to launch any military operation against libya. >> give is insight on the three military war ships in the suez canal. what is their role, at this point? >> reporter: their ro
'll have new information. a senior u.s. official is saying potentially the french could target qaddafi. the french are doing their own thing over there. the situation is developing. i'm eric shawn. see you back at 3:00 right here. >>> it is day two of what's being called odyssey dawn. i'm shannon bream live in washington. admiral mike mullen said a no fly zone in libya is essentially in place, but the man on the ground in libya carrying out the operation is a bit more cautious. jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon with the latest, but first in an interview with slate media, libyan leader moammar qaddafi said his country is distributing automatic weapons, mortars, and bombs to more than a million libyans. rick leventhal is streaming live from libya. he joins us with the latest. >> reporter: shall bshannon, wee moved to 10 miles south of benghazi to a field where qaddafi's army had staged many of its tanks and artillery, armored vehicles, missile launchers. they were staged here when nato aircraft came in and took the vehicles out. what you see behind me are some of the many people w
new york, good night, america. >> chris: two major defections from the libyan regime as the u.s. begins covert operations on the ground. day closer to a government shutdown. there are still big roadblocks to a deal. the interstate fight over the 2012 presidential primaries. live from the studio in washington, this is "special report." good evening, i'm chris wallace in for bret baier. another high-ranking libyan official has defected from muammar gaddafi's regime, making two in as many days. a european diplomat describes it as rats fleeing from a sinking ship. defense secretary gates says there won't be american boots on the ground, despite president obama's authorization of covert cia operations. the allied coalition is wiped out estimateed 25% of gaddafi's forces. rebels are still losing ground. forcing lawmakers on capitol hill to ask what is next? white house correspondent mike emanuel is tracking the story. mike? >> reporter: good evening. senior white house officials are pleased, control of the air operation over libya was transferred today from the u.s. to nato. now there
this morning, president obama spoke to and consulted with the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton, as well as admiral mike mullen to discuss situation in libya. they said enforcement of the no-fly zone is taken on by the coalition partners. contribution by the coalition partners are still being discussed and negotiated. >> the coalition may have broadened. the french war plane off the charles dugal. and four qatari jets were en route. senior defense official told position it was still u.s. war planes that did more than 90% of the bombing runs, where combat air patrol missions overnight. the tomahawk cruise missile phases the conflict in effect over according to the defense official who said they have ways to attack the defenses. muammar gaddafi continues to taunt the coalition. "i am here, i am here, i am here," he said, standing outside the compound in downtown trip poe lie last night. the coalition continueed to insist he was not a target but said he must go. >> so gaddafi has a decision to make and the people around him each have decisions to make. the quickest way for him to end this i
: president obama gets the u.s. military involved in the libya situation and tells gaddafi he must go. we'll look at the citizen soldiers trying to hold off the libyan army. what last year's oil spill is still doing to the gulf coast. live from the studio in washington, this is "special report." good evening. i'm bret baier. president obama again called on libyan leader muammar gaddafi to step down. on the ground in libya, mutenist army unit helping to secure a key oil instalelation after rebels repelled attack from gaddafi loyalist. they ruled out any negotiations with gaddafi and the international criminal court said they will investigate gaddafi and his sons for possible crimes against humanity. we begin coverage with white house correspondent mike emanuel. >> reporter: as liberal forces fight the regime at strategic joint conference, at news conference with mexican president felipe calderon, president obama called out the libyan leader by name, a new approach. >> let me be very unambiguous about this. colonel gaddafi needs to step down from power and leave. that is good for his countr
that will include a discussion of when the u.s. will hand over its lead role. french military officials say french pilot fired a missile at a libyan plane that just landed at a base in the coastal city of misrata. french jets, including some from the aircraft carrier charles de gaulle, seen here off libya, struck a libyan base 150 miles south of the coast. attacks in tripoli targeted a libyan military base depot. libyan state tv broadcast these images of the damage. and the african-american union has invited representatives from gadhafi's government and opposition representatives to talk in ethiopia's capital tomorrow. so far new york response from either side in libya. >>> we begin coverage with nbc news pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. mik, what can you tell us about the incident involving that french fighter jet? >> reporter: u.s. military officials can't tell us very much. earlier today, members of that coalition on the american side said they had no evidence that there was a plane in the air or of any poe sentential shoot-dow. as we find out from the french, one of their war fighting
consider asking for outside help but would the u.s. answer the call? as american warships head to the region just what is the u.s. military willing to offer? >>> oil futures rise above $100 a barrel a day after the dow slumped 1.5%. we'll check where the market is headed before the opening bell today. >>> and flip-flop already? or just a communications mix-up. we'll get to the bottom of newt announcing for president thursday debacle. chuck has the back story. good morning. wednesday, march 2nd, 2011. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm chuck todd. amazing what making sure you have two sources do and can keep you out of trouble. we'll get more into that. all of that plus does michael huckabee think president obama grew up in kenya and will the beloved "the daily rundown" moth pad get a tablet today. let's get to the rundown. moammar gadhafi is vowing to fight to the last man as he ramps up efforts to hold onto his country in the face of a growing rebellion. pierce battles in the east and west. the libyan air force is bombing rebel territory sending forces to an oil base in the eastern
from yamagata air base where u.s. smirlt officers are in discussion about aid for survivors of the disaster. this could become a forward operating base for a major u.s. marine operation. we witnessed a navy c-130 transport aircraft fly in earlier. a heavy lift aircraft capable of carrying all manner of aid or equipment. hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes along the northeast coast. the u.s. has already conducted helicopter missions along that battered coastline. and found isolated communities of survivors. >> we found essentially hundreds of people. 100 at this place, 200 at this place, 300 at this place. it's just a matter of getting them out. just like you see anywhere, they don't want to leave their home and family. >> it sounds like a lot of people, we're finding a lot of different groups. the japanese have been very well organized. a lot of firefighters, military helping people out. >> they need water, they need medicine, blankets. the practical stuff. is that what you're finding? >> yes, sir. >> the message from the u.s. side is that they
of that facility. what nare trying to avoid. in fact, there's talk they will call in the u.s. and japanese military to do some water drops on that reactor 4 in hopes of averting a catastrophe. we have also been told by the u.s. military they are confirming that they have given potassium iodine tablets to some members of the navy who, in fact, have been flying humanitarian missions. we've seen lines of people who live in that devastated area who are getting checked for radiation, and 120,000 people have been warned to stay inside. that it is simply too dangerous for them to go out right now. through all of this there are a few glimmers of hope. a 70-year-old man pulled from the rubble after five days giving people 550,000 of them who have been displaced, many of them who are missing family members a little glimmer of hope. hoping against hope that there might be one more miracle somewhere to be found for them. let me just make one more point that there's a lot of concern here, too, norah in tokyo, low levels, very low levels of radiation but enough to prompt the french government to tell its citizen
as egyptian president has now resigned. one of the u.s. airmen wounded in wednesday's attack at a german airport remains in critical condition tonight. two airmen were killed. a fourth sustained injuries not believed to be life threatening. national correspondent catherine herridge reports on what we know and what we don't know about the suspect. >> reporter: this picture of arif uka comes from social networking site where he wrote about the holy war and the unbeliever. german officials say uka confessed to the shooting at the frankfurt airport on wednesday that left two dead and two others wounded. the evidence so far points to a single gunman, does it amount to act of terrorism? the question was put to the state department spokesman. >> it's not a terrorist? attack? can you make it clear? >> was the shooting of congresswoman gabrielle giffords a terrorist attack? i mean, you have to look at the evidence and look at the motivation and then you make a judgment. >> reporter: a day earlier while intelligence reports were circulating that the gunman shouted "god is great" as he opened fire,
for their response even as they go through their own political transitions. i have, therefore, approved the use of u.s. military aircraft to help move egyptians who have fled to the tunisian border to get back home to egypt. i've authorized usaid to charter other civilian aircraft to help people from other countries to find their way home, and we're supporting the efforts of international organizations to evacuate people as well. i've also directed usaid to send humanitarian assistance teams to the libyan border so they can work with the united nations, ngos, and other international partners inside libya to address the urgent needs of the libyan people. going forward, we will continue to send a clear message -- the violence must stop. moammar gadhafi has lost legitimacy to lead and he must leave. those who perpetrate violence against the libyan people will be held accountable. and the aspirations of the libyan people for freedom, democracy, and dignity must be met. >> our senior international correspondent, ben wedeman, is joining us now from eastern libya, and our white house correspondent, dan lothi
'll get our first indication of the strength of the event on the u.s. mainland, over the next 15 minutes and that is when forecasts show the waves will reach san francisco. whether or not they'll be damaging, or even noticeable, has yet to be seen. >> japan's east coast, hit with a 23-foot tsunami, shortly after the quake struck. police along the country's northeast coast, report finding the bodies of two to three hundred people, japan railways working to find a missing passenger train. while the government reports the giant wave swept away a ship, carrying about 100 people. >> unfortunately we expect to get more reports like those, 8.9 magnitude quake is japan's worst on record as we say, one of the worst in world history. and rocked cities hundreds of miles from epicenter an spawned dozens and dozens, as we hear it of aftershocks. >> look at one of japan's three nuke we're power plants, that are having some problems right now, the worst in the city of onahana where police ordered evacuations where a fire disabled a cooling system there. no reports of radiation leaking, secretary of sta
in jerusalem killed one person and wounded more than 50. israel's ambassador to the u.s. says that the bombing does not appear related to militants' recent rocket attacks on southern israel. >>> defense secretary robert gates met with his israeli counterpart in tel aviv today. and he is urging the israelis to restart peace negotiations with the palestinians. defense officials say that gates believes israel can get ahead of the pop ulous wave across the middle east by pressing a peace deal. >>> and hundreds of potential jurors are at the los angeles county courthouse today. 12 will be chosen to decide whether michael jackson's doctor goes to prison. dr. conrad murray is charged with giving jackson an overdose of an anesthetic. opening statements in the trial are set for may. >>> now more for our top story. there are safety concerns at reagan national airport. after two pilots were unable to reach the control tower before landing. our sandra endo is in washington with details. first of all, sandra, the flight landed safely, but there's still so many questions here. the real issue, why the contro
, by any method. >> now, in a u.s. military briefing just a couple of hours ago, we were told there was no indication gadhafi's forces are moving away from either misrata or ajdabiya. cnn's nic robertson is in the capital city of tripoli. nic, tell me what you have been seeing there if the last 24 hours and also how gadhafi's defiance, if at all, has changed some of the forces within the capital city. >> reporter: well, one of the things we've seen really that reflects the fact that this no-fly zone seems to be fully in place is overnight last night, just before dawn this morning, we heard what sounded like jet aircraft flying overhead and then several loud explosions. so it does give the impression that the coalition can fly and can target locations in and around the city. effectively, it would seem like almost with impunity right now. ajdabiya is a red line for gadhafi. as government officials, they want to hold on to the city. it does appear they're not moving their forces out. the same with misrata. the impression is although a couple of coalition strikes overnight diminis
and the u.s. involvement. one of the headlines in "the washington times" -- "the rebels move towards tripoli." the baltimore sun" with libya facing questions. the public and congress question the u.s. involvement. in "the wall street journal" this morning "the u.s. will not back intervention." we continue our discussion with involving the u.s. and its involvement in the situation in libya, two words. coming up, "regime change." what should the u.s. mission be as the situation continues to develop in libya and whether or not regime change should be on that list. the numbers are -- host: if you have called in the last 30 days, send us a message electronically. the e-mail address is journal@c- span.org. among the items in the paper talking about u.s. and its involvement in the libyan situation is this op-ed piece by fred stevens in "the wall street journal." "bolivia mission was never about regime change -- the libyan mission was never about regime change." in this, he quotes gates. "the mission was never about regime change." the article goes on to say "does this mean the mission accomplished"
on u.s. actions in libya. that speech is scheduled for monday, 7:30 p.m. eastern time. watch it live right here on the fox news channel. >> heather: as we reported at the top of the show we do have new reaction coming to the death of an american pioneer led the way for women and politics, broke that glass ceiling. >> gregg: joining us -- do we have -- apparently we don't. july july with the latest. >> julie: after suffering complications of blood cancer she had battled for 12 years, geraldine ferraro was surrounded by her family when she passed away this morning at massachusetts general hospital. and president obama just moments ago, he says he will forever be remembered as a trail blazer that broke down barriers for women. whether it was at a public school, a teacher, an assistant district attorney, member of congress or candidate for vice president. she fought to uphold the founding ideals of quality and justice and opportunity for all. she leaves behind her husband, three children and eight grandchildren. in a statement her family says geraldine ferraro was widely known as a leade
for the u.s. in the battle against al qaeda and several hundred loyalists, still scattered around yemen, back country and, seizure of that weapons plant is a blow in that fight. president obama is preparing to address the situation in libya tomorrow night and his decision to intervene has been criticized from both sides of the aisle, some say it came too late. others argue, we shouldn't be involved at all and the president defending his move, saying this weekend it this our national interest. what does the president need to say to get the country on board. david drucker joins us from "roll call", to say it is in our national interest, that is a stretch? >> i don't think it is a stretch but the president has to forcefully and clearly make the case, i think the problem he has had is he did not address the nation on television the moment we went into libya on that saturday and this is something the emerging market have some to expect from presidents -- >> gregg: he's doing it under pressure now. >> i don't know if that is it or, in his mind now is the time. one of the problems the presiden
american fighters jets are active at the moment, u.s. pilots flew 113 of the 175 coalition air sorties yesterday, for example, that u.s. role will shrink dramatically in the next few days leaving others to decide on military targeting. on the ground all public signals from the regime suggest continued defiance and continued attacks on the opposition. but here's the intriguing nugget. senior u.s. officials tell cnn tonight that some members of gadhafi's inner circle are reaching out to the state department and reaching out to other arab nations, as well. curious contacts to say the least but as yet our sources tell us no indication gadhafi himself is looking to negotiate an exit strategy. >> i think there are any number of possible outcomes here, and no one is in a position to predict them. whether they're -- whether there are major further defections or divisions within his family, there are a variety of possibilities that seems to me. >> a variety of possibilities but listen here, secretary gates isn't betting on a peaceful settlement. >> gadhafi has basically sworn that he will show
to he reclaim ground they had lost. >> that said, secretary gates, would the u.s. supply arms to the rebels? >> no decision has been made about that at this point. the security council resolution would permit it, the second resolution, 1973, would permit it. but no decisions have been made by our government about that. >> but does this administration want to see the rebels prevail and overtake gadhafi? >> i think the president's policy is that it's time for gadhafi to go. that's not part of our military mission, which has been very limited and very strictly defined. >> how is that going to happen? secretary clinton you said this week you thought you were picking up signals that he wanted to get out of his own accord. >> well, there are many different aspects to the strategy that the international community is pursuing. as bob has said, the military mission has gone very well. it only started just eight days ago so it has been remarkably well coordinated and focused and now nato will take command and control over it. at the same time, we are pursuing really strict economic sanc
up to speed on march 31st. >>> u.s. intelligence source says cia operatives are on the ground in libya today to size up rebel fighters. the source says they are not there for battlefield direction. congress asked defense secretary robert gates about the cia story a short time ago. >> do you see the use of cia and u.s. special forces in libya as following the blueprint we used in afghanistan? >> first of all, i can't speak to any cia activities, but i will tell you that the president has been quite clear that in terms of the united states' military there will be no boots on the ground. >> britain says it has not promised immunity to libya's top diplomat. foreign minister moussa koussa defected wednesday. they say this man moi be a treasure trove of information. >> reporter: it's significant for many reasons, not the least of which he was former head of intelligence. not least of which is because he was at one time a wanted figure by european security services. this is a man whose disappearance here wasn't even known by the deputy foreign minister. >> libyan rebels remain in ful
. of course, it's been french, british, u.s. fighter jets that have been launching most of the air strikes. again, today another set of air strikes, according to a french official, in or near tripoli targeting a command center, brooke. >> reza, here is a new town, we're all learning, gadhafi's birthplace. we know the rebels are moving westward toward sirte. is that the next big battle, symbolic battle as well, for rebels here? >> reporter: well, it looks like it's the first battle in about three days. the opposition forces over the past 72 hours have been making it look relatively easy, rolling toward the west. this is the first time they're seeing resistance, little bit of fighting. that's probably because sirte is the hometown, the birthplace of colonel gadhafi. he has a lot of supporters, not clear how many have remained in this location. his tribe is based out of this place. rebel fighters telling cnn they're seeing some resistance, telling us that gadhafi loyalists using sha containry, trickery. one rebel fighter telling us that it looks like civilians have been armed. opposition figh
, 90, including september 16 when a u.s. airbus came within 100 feet of another aircraft. 2003 saw the worst numbers, 161 incidents total. if that weren't enough, we have report next hour on an investigation about how a bullet pierced the plane in mid flight. stay tuned for that. back now to our top story, as we wait for secretaries clinton and gates, along with admiral mullen to arrive on capitol hill, they will be briefing lawmakers on the crisis in libya and our military's role in this fight. they're expected to answer tough questions. lawmakers are said to be unsatisfied with the information. a top nato commander telling a house panel that the u.s. role will be reduced with other partners handling more responsibility. this comes as the libyan rebels lose ground in their fight. qaddafi's troops forcing the opposition to give up ground that they had captured near qaddafi's hometown on monday. the rebels have been driven back by qaddafi's better-armed troops and forced to retreat from key oil towns on the coast. rick leventhal is streaming live to us from ajdabiya. rick? >> report
is representation of coalition strikes against khadafy's ground maneuver forces ten miles south of benghazi. 15 u.s. air force and marine corps aircraft participated as well as from france and great britain. they were backed up by u.s. navy providing electronic warfare report. reports are coming in but we judge these to have been quite successful as halting the regime's ground movement. highlighted are still shots from the weapon systems video. benghazi is not complete safe from the attack but under less threat than it was yesterday and suffering from isolation and good deal of confusion. next slide, please. you can see here basically lay down of how we see the battle space today with the regime forces more pressed and less free to maneuver before operations commenced we now have the capability to patrol the airspace over libya, shifting to more consistent and persistent air presence. as the mullen reported, the no-fly zone is effectively in place. let me conclude, this is an international effort designed to enforce a u.n. mandate and since i spoke to you last the coalition has been joined by force
six to get water to the unit. then, there was this alarming testimony today by u.s. nuclear regulatory commission chief regarding unit 4's condition. >> a fourth reactor is also right now under concern. this reactor was shut down at the time of the earthquake. what we believe at this time is that there has been a hydrogen explosion in this unit, due to uncovering of the fuel in the fuel pool. we believe secondary containment has been destroyed, and there is no water inç the spent fuel po. and we believe radiation levels are extremely high. >> if the chairman is right, there would be nothing to stop the fuel rods from heating and ultimately melting down. japanese officials have denied there is no water in pool four, adding that the growing concern over conflicting reports and recommendations coming from the u.s. and japan. >> we all have watched on television and read about the damage at the various reactors and the potential for emissions. based on that new information and new data, independent analysis, nrc is now advising an evacuation beyond 50 mile radius. so because the advice i
about the lack of air support from nato. as the u.s. and its allies consider whether or not to arm the ragtag opposition forces. providing arms could also mean sending in military trainers that would expand america's involvement even as president obama told brian williams that the u.s. has already accomplished its goals. >> now what we have done is accomplish what we set out to do at the outset, which is to make sure benghazi was not overrun and that thousands potentially of people were not killed. what we have also done is put gadhafi back on his heels. >> brian williams, of course, is the anchor and managing editor of "nbc nightly news" and joins me now. >> sometimes it is nightly noise. >> and most recently there is a lot of nightly concern about what is happening in libya what is happening with the rebels. you asked the key question. and asked whether or not we should be arming the rebels. let's look at part of that exchange. >> with all due respect, mr. president, watching the reportings of our two correspondents in libya, what it appears the rebels need is military equipment.
. the state department is also warning all u.s. citizens to consider leaving japan as unpredictable weather and wind conditions risk spreading radioactive material. the move comes as japanese crews and military helicopters brave radiation to dump sea water on to the fukushima complex. the combat-style tactics are an attempt to cool overheated uranium fuel that may be on the verge of spewing out more radiation. meanwhile, plant operators say they are racing to finish a new power line that could restore cooling systems and ease the crisis. still, the top u.s. nuclear regulatory official is warning american citizens within 50 miles of that complex to leave the area or at least remain indoors. here's what we heard on capitol hill yesterday. >> we believe there is no water in the spent fuel pool known as number four. i would say it is my great hope the information we have is not accurate. i would hope for the sake of everyone that the situation is not at the the state we think it is. >> yesterday, president obama called japan's prime minister to discuss the crisis. according to the white house,
will speak to the nation tonight to further explain the u.s. mission in libya. good morning, everyone. it is monday, march 28th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, msnbc and "time" magazine senior political analyst mark halperin. you're going to be driving the week today. >> i will be doing some of that. >> national affairs editor for "new york" magazine, john heilemann and msnbc political analyst pat buchanan in the studio here this morning. i love that. >> pat in the flesh. >> you're okay after that accident. >> i hope the other people are okay. >> it doesn't sound like it. hope everyone had a good weekend. i had another trip to the e.r. what else is new? >> oh, my. >> kids. we have a lot going on today. she's fine. thanks for asking. >> you're here. >> sprained ankle. no, not me. we have a lot going on today. we talk about the president's address to the nation tonight, how the libya mission plays into the obama doctrine. i think it does. also, in the 7:00 a.m. hour we'll bring in the executive editor of "rolling stone" magazine, eric bates. "rolling stone" is out with anothe
are serious allegations to make. you honestly believe the g.o.p. members of congress would rather turn the u.s. economy upside down than resolve it? >> the cuts they made the other day in the house bill were the most irresponsible piece of legislation i have seen in 40 years of my experience in government. they made wild cuts to cut programs that really the american people expect to be effective. the american people want clean air and clean water. these guys say wipe out the epa. that simply is not good government. it's just whacking for the sake of whacking. it has no thinking going into how you make reductions. there is no democrat that doesn't believe there has to be some reductions. but there is a belief that it should be done in a reasonable way. the senate put out a proposal and i expect republicans to reject it out of hand because it's not enough. it's enough for this year. we can get to things next year. we have had eight years of wild republican spending under bush. now people say why is it fixed in one year? that's not sensible. >> shannon: let's talk about the fact that last year wh
to deteriorate? there are advertisements on the tv to help feed the children. now they are putting u.s. children in there. i wish they would amend that and make it not north american free trade but make it north american fair trade because the blue- collar labor of the united states is not surviving here. we cannot protect or clothe our own. we have to take care of home first. guest: thank you and i appreciate your thoughtful comments. i visit the food banks in westchester county, n.y., and the numbers have just increased dramatically, not just the people who are out of work, but people who have low-paying jobs and cannot afford to feed their family. that is why i and working so hard in the congress to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs. to me, this is what our primary responsibility is it. when the unemployment rate keeps climbing, we have to focus on jobs. i agree with you that putting people to work is uppermost and is why i support the programs of the small business administration. in my community, i have seen jobs in the biotech field, going from 400 to about 1600. another company that installs sola
in u.s. treasury securities. and i think it's very important that we send the message to them that even if we're not able to get our work done and -- and raise this debt limit, as i hope we will at the appropriate time, we certainly would not default on the debt that the -- that they hold. and i'll yield the balance of my time. the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: mr. president, i move to table the vitter for toomey amendment number 112 as modified and ask for the yeas and nays on my motion to table. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be. the clerk will call the roll. vote: vote: vote: the presiding officer: any senators wishing to vote or change their vote? if not, on this the yeas are 52. the nays are 47. the motion to table is agreed to. the senator from california. mrs. boxer: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the homeland security and governmental affairs committee be discharged from further consideration of s. 388 and the senate proceed to its immediate consideration. the presiding officer: the clerk will report.
in 1999, $1.1 trillion. in 2000, $2.3 trillion. u.s. government funds paid to companies and individuals not entitled to receive it, $20 billion. a total of $4.629 trillion. this is taxpayer money. this is retirement money. this is the money for medical care. this is the wealth of america and is being stolen. people need to read this book, "crossing the rubicon." 9/11 synthetic terror -- host: we are going to leave it there. we want to make sure we get other calls and e-mails. bob rates us from florida -- bob writes us from florida. looking at the news, the 2012 election race heats up. in "the wall street journal" -- "in the effort to defeat president obama." also, looking at other news, "usa today" -- the profiles one woman who says she is mistaken for somebody's wife whenever she walks in the front door of the v.a. center. she says there's an attitude that women did not serve their country. "they think veterans are men, not women. it is an attitude the department of veterans affairs wants to change." the caller honor -- a caller on the line for democrats. hi. caller: in order for the g
. and in about 45 minutes, former u.s. comp then, political strategist maria cardona and john feehery and we will discuss the arab world with a former u.s. ambassador to morocco, marc ginsburg. on this channel, "washington journal" is next, live with your phone calls. later today, we will give you a brown paper -- roundtable that will include the mayor of boston, st. paul, the minnesota, green though, mississippi, and sacramento, california. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] host: the video on your screen is some of the latest footage on the air raids in libya, courtesy of the aljazeera network. with the president act in town, questions are being raised about u.s. policy and goals in libya. that is our discussion this morning on the "washington journal" as we go through the newspapers. what do you think? how is the president handling the libya conflict so far? 202 is the area code -- how do you think the president is handling the libyan conflict. yesterday speaker john boehner sent this letter to the president. speaker boehner list several questions he asks the question
. the japanese government nevertheless have no plan to expand the 12 mile exclusion zone. the u.s. ambassador to japan said the situation is deteriorating and warned citizens to leave the area or remain indoors. the state department said the u.s. government has chartered aircraft to help americans leave japan. we are also understand that any american citizen that has no money they can get a flight out from hanita airport and that allows them to get out of the country and they can pay back the u.s. government earlier. a lot of concern amongst the japanese people of what is going on. there is fingerprintic buying of goods. but at this time the sensor and what people are watching is over the next 48 hours of what will happen to the nuclear plant north of here. >> brian: take precautions yourself. it there is a lot more to the story. >> steve: where do you start? we'll talk about what we are discovering. the united states government as david piper remending 50 miles from the plant to get out. you are not safe . the japanese government said 12 miles. yesterday they talked to jay carny. >> the advi
york, good night, america. >>> the u.s. considers arming libyan rebels to beat back pro-gaddafi forces. but is al-qaeda a concern? president obama tries a pivot from the rest of the middle east for greater energy independence. military hopes to change culture to prevent suicides. live from our studio in washington, this is "special report." i'm chris wallace in for bret baier. muammar gaddafi's forces are making gain against rebel fighters. having recaptured ras lanouf and making advance to the capital of tripoli. native airstrikes kept the army mostly at bay, the coalition is looking into new tactics including possibly arming the rebels. correspondent james rosen has the latest from the state department. james? >> reporter: chris, good evening. fox news confirmed that president obama has been considering a secret order known as finding to authorize broad away of covert operations in the libya. tonight reuters is reporting that the order has been signed sometime in the last two or three weeks. under heavy mortar and artillery fire, they moved east, another sign that ground forces loyal
community to step in are bothering to show up. this is u.s. taxpayer finding out how much they are paying. pentagon saying it is spending $55 million a day on bombs and missiles alone. analysts say if arab member dozen not want to play though and pay. i don't hear them volunteering on either count. what do you make of that? >>guest: look at the history of the arab and muslim world the last 20 years. with violent dictatorships, saddam in 1991, invading an arab neighbor, saddam hussein in 2003 and iran developing nuclear weapons which i can tell you i talked to arab government officials off the record and they are petrified of a nuclear iran. so why don't arab nations lead the charge against iran's nuclear weapons program? >>neil: what i am wandering is the participation, your participation early, as so many beg off. the arab league as a block voted together with libya being a member, being suspended, for the action, yet, few participating in it, and, in fact, outside of humanitarian show purposes, virtually no one and there is a big meeting in london to talk about it, only a third of the m
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